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Mike Singletary has made news for his motivational ploys.
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Mike Singletary may not win many games with the San Francisco 49ers. In all fairness, most coaches probably wouldn't with the group they currently have, but that doesn't matter. He's already established himself as the most entertaining coach in the NFL and honestly, when you're 2-6 and going nowhere fast, isn't that all that matters?

Singletary made his mark on the team and set himself up for a future Coors Light commercial with his post game press conference following the 49ers' 34-13 loss to the Seahawks in his first game as the team's coach.  It was easily one of the greatest post-game pressers of all time and the culmination of a long day: Singletary was asked by Fox Sports sideline reporter Danyelle Sargent what it felt like to call the late great Bill Walsh after being named the head coach (Fox has removed all clips of the gaffe online), and later Singletary sent tight end Vernon Davis to the shower during the game for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

Yet, somehow the greatest moment of this gloriously entertaining day (who would have thought that would be said about 49ers-Seahwaks?) happened during halftime in the 49ers' locker room. That's when Singletary, mid-motivation speech to his team, dropped his pants to emphasize how badly the 49ers were getting their rear ends kicked and continued to give the rest of his speech with his pants hanging around his ankles. In case you're wondering, news reports claim Singletary prefers boxers over briefs.

I don't think the Elias Sports Bureau keeps statistics on the number of halftime speeches given by coaches with their pants hanging around their ankles, but I'm willing to go out on a limb here and call Singletary a trend-setter -- and I love it. Think about it. There is no better way to get the attention of others than by dropping your pants. Try it sometime if you ever feel like you're getting ignored or not getting enough attention. Simply undo your belt, unzip your pants and drop trou and see what happens. I guarantee you'll have everyone's attention.

Not only is it an attention grabber, it's friggin' hilarious. I don't think there's anything funnier than someone dropping their pants for no reason. Look at this clip if you disagree. I dare you not to laugh. 

As much as I love Singletary though, therein lies the problem for him and the 49ers. While he means well, he's walking a fine line from becoming a master motivator to the butt -- pun intended -- of countless jokes. The fact that his postgame speech is being compared to a bad Coors Light commercial and that he's dropping trou like Benny Hill at a party might be getting his players' attention now, but there's a difference between attention-grabbing and motivating. I'm willing to give Singletary more than one game before I decide which category he falls under, but the one thing I can say for certain is that he's entertaining -- something the 49ers haven't been in a while.


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